Snorkeling Around Rincón

You may think that because Rincon is such a popular surfing destination in Puerto Rico that snorkeling is not a possibility.  Think again!  If you visit during the summer months when the surf is calm, you'll find a gorgeous underwater world just waiting to be discovered. 

Steps Beach at Tres Palmas is one destination you can always count on for great snorkeling.  The area is protected by the government, so the elkhorn coral that is dominant here has had a chance to flourish while sea turtles, squid, reef fish, and dolphin visit frequently.  

Most people visit the reserve as part of a snorkeling tour.  A snorkeling trip to Desecheo Island is another popular option as it is just about 30 minutes away by boat.  However, if you feel more comfortable renting a snorkeling kit and heading into the waters of a public beach on your own, it certainly can be done here as long as you proceed with caution.  Make sure you monitor the water conditions on a daily basis and never enter the water when the waves look even the slightest bit strong.

Snorkeling Sites

If you're ready to see what's down below you might enjoy visiting Tres Palmas Marine Reserve. This site is best visited during the summer and early in the fall when you can explore a forest of elk horn coral without the rough surf causing potential harm. The coral reef runs parallel to the shore for about three-quarters of a mile and you can spend hours exploring it on a calm day. This snorkeling site is found in northwestern Rincón.

A few key details for one of the best places to enjoy snorkeling in this area are listed right below.

Snorkeling Sites Near Rincón
Site Location Island
Tres Palmas Marine Reserve 1.2 mi. Northwest of Central Rincón Puerto Rico

Snorkeling Boat Trips

Some people believe the best snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.

If you want to go snorkeling during a boating adventure, you should consider Katarina Sail Charters. Katrina offers three different basic excursions on a regular basis. The "Tan Your Can" Day Sail is about three and half hours long and brings guests to an offshore snorkeling destination plus serves lunch as part of the package.

Another option to investigate is Capital Water Sports Sailing Charters. You can charter banana boats, tow floats, dive boats, fishing trips, water skis, and cruises with this shop, as well as rent out kayaks, sailboard, surfboards, SUP boards, body boards, water skis, scuba and snorkel gear and much more. They also have snorkeling, surfing, sailing, water skimming, and skating lessons. They're situated in the heart of Rincón.

Some information with regard to boat operators that provide snorkeling opportunities are displayed right below.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Rincón
Name Phone Location
Capital Water Sports Sailing Charters (787) 823-2789 Central Rincón
Katarina Sail Charters (787) 823-7245 1.0 mi. Northwest of Central Rincón

Snorkeling Services

If you're looking for someone offering snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you might want to check with Rincon Diving. Snorkeling in this area is fun and safe for everyone. Not only do they offer snorkeling excursions, but PADI training so you can master the sport. They are found in the heart of Rincón.

Another place worth knowing about is Desecheo Dive Shop. Everything you need for your Rincon snorkeling experience is available here, and at great rental prices.

A third company worth contacting is Taino Divers. For almost 20 years, this dive shop has been a favorite in the area. Not only can you learn to dive with them, but snorkeling is a possibility as well, and they usually bring snorkelers along with them on their dive excursions. They're located within Rincón.

The table right below offers some details about 3 companies that offer snorkeling related services.

Snorkeling Services In Rincón
Name Type Phone Location
Desecheo Dive Shop Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (787) 823-0390 0.7 mi. Northwest of Central Rincón
Rincon Diving Snorkeling Tour Operator (787) 506-3483 Central Rincón
Taino Divers Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (787) 823-6429 1.0 mi. Northwest of Central Rincón

To learn more about snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" read our exhaustive Caribbean snorkeling page.

Whether you come nose to nose with a friendly dolphin, or you spend hours watching as colorful fish dart in and out of the coral reef, Rincón can offer snorkelers a great opportunity to explore an entire world they might not otherwise ever experience.  


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